From Mirror reports
PORTLAND, Maine - The Curve suffered a big blow from Wednesday's brawl at New Hampshire, losing five players to suspensions and one more to the disabled list.
They also lost two games Friday night at Portland, 4-2 in the completion of a suspended game from June 11 in Altoona and then 3-0 in the regularly scheduled game.
The Curve are now a season-high 19 games below .500 (26-45) at the midway point of the campaign, plus they've lost four in a row and six of seven.
The most costly player lost from Wednesday's brawl is slugging first baseman Stetson Allie, who was placed on the DL Friday with a concussion suffered when he was punched by a Fisher Cats player.
Only three Curve players were ejected from Wednesday's game, but five wound up getting suspended for three games apiece.
Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: The Curve and Portland will play another doubleheader tonight beginning at 5. It's the result of a rainout in Altoona on June 12. Even though the Curve were the home team in the game that was rained out, the Sea Dogs will be the home team for both games tonight.
SAFE AT FIRST: Curve RHP Kenn Kasparek was called upon to pitch in the completion of the suspended game Friday, but he was not allowed to because he was not on the lineup card. Kasparek was not a member of the Curve when the game started June 11. He was in Triple-A at the time and was sent to Altoona on June 12.
STEALING SECOND: RHP Adrian Sampson entered Friday with the Eastern League's top ERA. But he had allowed two runs in the game that was suspended June 11, and since the game wasn't completed, those runs didn't count against his ERA until the game was over Friday. His ERA rose to 2.15, and Portland LHP Henry Owens took over the top spot at 1.99 with his shutout of the Curve.
ROUNDING THIRD: Kelson Brown was activated off the disabled list Friday to take the roster spot of injured 1B Stetson Allie. Brown had been on the DL since April 18.
HEADING HOME: While the Curve have the EL's worst record (26-45), Portland has the best (47-25).
- Cory Giger
A three-game suspension was expected for third baseman Jarek Cunningham, who charged the mound after getting hit in the head, triggering the brawl, as well as second baseman Gift Ngoepe and outfielder Keon Broxton.
Additionally, utility man Andy Vasquez and relief pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang were suspended three games apiece for their parts in the brawl.
Not all of the players will serve their suspension at the same time. The Curve completed a suspended game Friday night, and after that one was finished, Cunningham, Ngoepe and Yang began serving their suspensions. All three sat out Friday's regularly scheduled game plus will miss tonight's doubleheader and then will be reactivated Sunday.
The suspensions for Broxton and Vasquez are expected to begin Sunday against Portland and run through Tuesday's game at New Britain.
Portland led the suspended game, 2-1, going into the bottom of the third inning and extended the lead to 4-1 in the fourth.
Adrian Sampson (4-4) suffered the loss, while Mike McCarthy (6-2) gave up just one run in five innings for the win.
Henry Owens (9-3) took over the Eastern League lead in ERA from Sampson as he blanked the Curve in a seven-inning shutout. The lefty allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked two.
Joan Montero (2-2) gave up three runs in 3 innings to take the loss for Altoona.
SUBHD: Game recap
Key players: 2B Sean Coyle went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two runs in game one; LHP Henry Owens threw a seven-inning shutout in game two.
Key plays: 1B Stefan Welch hit a two-run homer (in Altoona) for a 2-0 Portland lead in the second inning of game one; 1B David Chester's two-run single in the first inning gave the Sea Dogs command early.
Key stat: The Curve are 19 games below .500 at the midway point of the season.
SUBHD: How they scored
First game (Curve were home team since game began in Altoona before getting suspended)
Top 2nd: Coyle hit by pitch, scored on Welch two-run homer (0-2).
Bottom 2nd: Garcia singled, scored on Greenwell error (1-2).
Top 4th: Swihart walked, scored on Coyle two-run homer (1-4).
Bottom 7th: Howard singled, scored on Hanson groundout (2-4).
Bottom 1st: Roof singled, Swihart walked, both scored on Chester single (0-2).
Bottom 3rd: Roof singled, scored on De La Cruz single (0-3).